Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

Wye Valley River Festival
Ahoy there! Don’t miss the Wye Valley’s watery extravaganza. The Wye Valley River Festival 2016, from its launch in Hereford on April 29 to its finale near Chepstow on May 15, there’s a fabulous, fast-flowing programme of community events in the run up to the Wye Valley River Festival, which will make a splash all along the Wye Valley.

The Wye Valley River Festival is a biennial festival inspired by the landscape and led by arts professionals collaborating with the people who live in and around the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Fire sculptures by And Now on the wye river
Fire sculptures by And Now on the Wye river

Environmentalists, artists and communities will come together for themed events including fire and flame; riverside revelry; performances; arts installations; workshops and walks and talks.

To see full details and to book please visit the Activity Days home page, here.

Stay a while…

For the month of May, Hidden Valley Yurts are offering up to a £150.00* discount on any 3 or 4 night stays.

In a secluded valley, invisible to the outside world, lies Hidden Valley Yurts at Lower Glyn Farm. Their 5 Mongolian yurts stretch along the top of a beautiful, south-facing meadow alongside a stream.slide1

Step through one of the brightly coloured doors of these innovative homes and you’ll find they are light, cosy and warm. Lovingly decked out with beds, chairs, lights, rugs and wall-hangings each yurt is equipped with a wood-burning stove with kindling and wood for fuel.

Outside, you can relax on your own decking with ample seating and stunning views. Below there’s a boules pitch, badminton net, campfire area, wood-burning pizza oven, safari style dining tent and chicken run where you may collect fresh eggs each day.

Within easy reach of Monmouth, Tintern, Raglan, Usk, Chepstow and other notable spots along the picturesque Wye Valley, Hidden Valley Yurts is a well-located base for taking in the kind of sites that made the likes of Wordsworth and Turner produce masterpieces.

*discount depends on which Yurt is selected and date of stay

Bookings can be made on-line via or by calling 01800 860 723.

Fabulous Fascinators

Wedding season is here – create a fabulous tiara or fascinator at Wye Forest Retreats.

£25 including all materials, beads, Swarovski crystals and box.

Monday 9 May 19.00 to 22.00
Please note: Booking is essential as places are limited

Nature in Art
This is Nature in Art’s first ever exhibition of stereoscopic (3-D) images, first invented in 1832 and now enjoying a revival.

You will be able to borrow some of our 3D glasses and go on a journey through the micro world, seeing things, as for the first time, in their true three dimensional form.

Discover a whole new way to see and enjoy the beauty in nature.

Chris Packham
An evening with TV presenter, photographer, conservationist and one of the nation’s best loved naturalists Chris Packham, as he discusses his life and career and talks about his newly published lyrical, evocative and honest memoir “Fingers in the Sparkle Jar.”

Chris Packham

Tickets £20 including a copy of the book
Thursday 12th May, 7pm, The Drill Hall, Chepstow

An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show
Now in its 6th record breaking year, this is a 5 star homage to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. The original concert celebration of the iconic music from the legendary film. Breath-taking choreography and buckets of nostalgia. Get ready to have the time of your life!

13th May

Savoy Theatre

Tickets: £18.50

Ed Azcel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wing

Ed Aczel “Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” Guardian returns to the road for his 2nd nationwide stand-up tour as he tries once again to nail down the nature of existence.adminupload_56f6d5f2bfd60ed

“Britain’s Greatest entertainer” ***** Time Out

“Azcel turns unprofessionalism into an art form” **** The Times

14th May, Savoy Theatre, tickets: £12

The glory of Putley’s gardens

Six intrepid gardeners and their hard-working under gardeners are hoping for good weather on Saturday May 14, when they all take part in Putley Open Gardens.

The community of Putley, near Ledbury is surrounded by orchards and the apple blossom should enhance the experience; all the properties benefit from close association with them. From the starting point at the Parish Hall (with parking) footpaths give access to all the gardens and the church. All except one of the gardens are accessible from the road.  adminupload_57165e4f661e7garden

The Parish Hall will also be the venue for delicious tea and cake, with the opportunity to buy plants and enter a raffle. The event is held to raise funds to help upkeep the Parish Hall and the Church.

The gardens are open from 1pm until 5pm; £5.00 per person; children under 15 are free. Please, no dogs in the gardens.

Keep up to date with all the goings-on in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean here.


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